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Tcig Strengthen Ability To Respond Through Mass Casualty Training



Providenciales, The Ministry of Health and Human Services through its National Health Emergency Management Unit hosted a training exercise on proper procedure in handling a mass casualty on Monday, March 9 through Saturday, March 14 2015 in Grand Turk at the Turks and Caicos Community College.

The Facilitators were Mrs Mary Forbes, Health Disaster Coordinator and Ms Charlene Higgs, Health Educator; our own locally trained Mass Casualty Instructors who successively completed the “Train the Trainer Course” with Pan American Health Organization under the direction of Mr Delvin Ferguson who is currently the Director of Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

Ms. Higgs stated “The Mass Casualty management Course is a didactic, multisectoral training course consisting of five days of lectures, field exercise and roleplaying, designed to sharpen the response skills of mass casualty responders, to effectively manage events in Human and/or other resources-challenged areas. It will culminate in a series of practical field exercises held at night to underscore nocturnal challenges.

“The Turks and Caicos Islands must be in readiness for adequate response as we are not only in the hurricane path, but also have significant air traffic locally and internationally. Further TCI is in the flight path for many Trans-Atlantic and Caribbean flights.”

The Objectives of the Course were as follows:

To strengthen the capacity of the Turks and Caicos to respond to natural and man-made disasters.
To ensure health sector procedures, roles and responsibilities are clearly defined and understood within the current public/private health care system
To enhance Intersectoral co-operation and collaboration.

“It was a great benefit to be a part of this exercise, particularly for Department of Disaster Management & Emergencies (DDME) where this level of preparation benefits the whole country” stated Rikardia Pardo, Hazard Mitigation Officer, DDME. “I am glad to see a continued investment in ensuring that TCIG is prepared in the event of any kind of substantial emergency”

Participants were drawn from amongst the various response agencies in the TCI that would be front line responders in any mass casualty situation. On successful completion participants received a certificate in Mass Casualty Management through the Ministry of Health in collaboration with Pan American Health Organization.

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Misick announces Longer terms in Office, Bi-Partisan Constitutional Changes 



#TurksandCaicos, February 19, 2024 – Magnetic Media SOTS23 COVERAGE:  Premier WASHINGTON MISICK announced that there is bi-partisan agreement on the CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES which the people of the Turks and Caicos can expect including a FIVE YEAR term for the elected Government.

The House of Assembly will finally leave the HJ Robinson High Auditorium to return home at the NJS Francis building and when it does, it will be called a PARLIAMENT with only ELECTED MEMBERS; (as reported) ending the four year term and ending the APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS for a truly democratic composition of the house of representatives.

The State of the State Address, a creation of the Progressive National Party Administration, was carried live from Yellow Man and Sons Auditorium in Grand Turk, tonight February 19 which is also the three-year anniversary of the Misick-led government.

#TCIPremier #WashingtonMisick #SOTS2023 #TurksandCaicosParliament #tcinews

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How to protect against HIV 



Dana Malcolm 

Staff Writer



#TurksandCaicos, February 15, 2024 – HIV/AIDS has killed more than 40 million people globally since it first appeared in the human population in 1959 according to the World Health Organization WHO and even though there are effective treatments there is no cure making prevention practices a top priority for vulnerable groups.

In recent months claims have emerged of rising cases locally creating concern in some Turks and Caicos residents.  The Ministry of Health has remained silent on the issue and has not published relevant statistics despite repeated queries from Magnetic Media.

Given the continued presence of the virus, individuals are still at risk from infection. In fact the WHO says in 2022, when 630,000 people died from HIV-related causes and 1.3 million people acquired HIV.

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the virus behind AIDS, the most advanced form of HIV.

The virus spreads through the body fluids of an infected person, including blood, breast milk, semen and vaginal fluids. It is not spread by kisses, hugs or sharing food.

With this in mind there are several steps that residents can take to protect themselves including

  • Using condoms during sex
  • Limiting sexual partners
  • Being tested regularly
  • avoiding sharing needles, syringes and other injecting equipment
  • Using personal protective gear when dealing with bodily fluids

Vulnerable populations can be administered Pre Exposure Prophylaxis which work to prevent infection and Post Exposure Prophylaxis which can prevent the virus from taking hold.

An HIV diagnosis is not a death sentence.  In 2024 HIV can be treated and prevented with antiretroviral therapy (ART). These drugs strengthen the immune system which HIV weakens significantly.

Still the WHO encourages residents to take preventative action.

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CARPHA: Take Action to Avoid the Harmful Effects of Saharan Dust



February 16, 2024 – The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is urging persons to protect themselves against adverse health effects of a Saharan dust plume, which has covered many parts of the Caribbean.

The Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) in a Dust Bulletin dated February 9th, 2024 stated, “it is highly likely that particulate matter levels will be above the 24-hour outdoor air quality guidelines” as established by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Dr Joy St John, Executive Director, CARPHA, explained “Saharan dust worsens air quality and increases the levels of particulate matter in the air.  This can be hazardous, especially to small children, older adults and people with underlying lung conditions and chronic cardiopulmonary diseases”.  Dr St John added, “Saharan dust can also worsen the health symptoms of those who suffer from asthma, allergies and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)”.

In light of the poor air quality levels, CARPHA is encouraging persons to take steps to avoid the harmful effects of Saharan dust. These include:

  • Stay indoors as much as possible and when outdoors, wear a dust mask (eg. KN95)
  • Utilise a HEPA filter indoors to purify air in individual rooms
  • Persons who use medications for pulmonary conditions should carry them at all times and use as prescribed
  • At the first sign of difficulty while breathing, seek professional medical advice immediately
  • For less severe symptoms, standard allergy medications such as antihistamines and steroid nasal sprays may alleviate symptoms

For more information, please see excerpts from the attached CIMH Dust Bulletin.

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